This is BJP’s farewell budget, taunts Opposition leader Siddaramaiah

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BENGALURU: Congress legislature party leader Siddaramaiah on Friday mocked the budget presented by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai saying that the government was not bothered about citizens. “It is like the BJP has just abandoned children without caring for them”, he said.

Further, he said the government is only making hollow promises and nothing will be fulfilled. The budget is also not transparent or accountable”, he said, slamming the BJP government.

Describing the budget as disappointing, he said the people of Karnataka will not get solutions from their problems. “The BJP had promised that the income of farmers will be doubled, but no single programme has been launched to encourage to them”.

Referring Bengaluru South MP Tejasvi Surya’s remarks over farmers’ debt waiver, Siddaramaiah questioned how the BJP government could waive the debts of capitalists. “This government is only for rich people”, he said.

Speaking about the Marigold flower on hisears, he said, ‘It is not BJP’s saffron, it is Vivekananda’s saffron. The BJP’s saffron is Savarkar and Godse”.

Siddaramaiah said the Assembly election will be held in the coming two months and termed is the BJP’s farewell budget. “The government has not fulfilled the promises made last year. They said they will fulfil 600 promises, but 90 per cent of them not fulfilled”, he said.

“I had clearly presented what I had done in the five years of my term during my last budget and explained about what will I do in coming days. But Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai did not even make any scuh attempt. The BJP did not even bother about the 56 programmes they had announced and got people to believe their false promises. The state government cheated Dalits and did not release grants properly”, he charged.

Condemning the CM who had thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for distributing land records to the Lambani community members, he claimed that the Congress had already implemented it when Kagadu Thimmappa was minister. The Bommai-led is only taking credit for the achievements of the Congress and the Union government is doing huge injustice to Karnataka, he added.

The CM never proposed the 7th Pay Commission in the cabinet meet, but announced in the Budget that it had been set up. The BJP government has been borrowed loans Rs 2,47,000 in four years and has put the state in a debt spiral, No government had ever borrowed so much since independence and this will affect the development of the state, he noted. “Taxes of Rs 4.75 lakh crore are being collected from Karnataka, but we are not getting tax refunds from the Centre”, he charged.

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